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Visual technique / style: Live-action cutscenes

Group Description

The technological advancements of CD-ROM media and real-time decompression allowed games in the late 1980s and early 1990s to use full motion video, primarily for cutscenes. In an attempt to make games more film-like, these cutscenes soon went beyond traditional animation or CGI rendering techniques and used traditional live-action film making, with real actors, props and sets. Widespread throughout the 1990s, this style of cinematics has now been all but abandoned, with a few notable exceptions like entries in Electronic Arts' Command & Conquer series.

This group collects games with such live-action elements. Note that the live-action footage need not always be a gameplay element, i.e. not all games in this group are necessarily "Interactive Movies".

Limitations:
  • The live-action footage must have been acquired through traditional film making techniques, using video or film cameras shooting at common frame rates like 24, 25 or 30 frames a second. The footage must also be shown within the game at similar film-like frame rates. Thus, games that feature digitized images of actors that are later animated are not to be included (example: Mortal Kombat);

  • The games must feature original footage. Sometimes, movie-based games contain scenes from the movie they are licensed from. These games are not to be included unless the footage, while shot during a motion picture shoot, was specifically intended for game usage (example: Enter the Matrix).

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Game TitleYearPlatformsorted in ascending orderPublisherMobyScore
Wing Nuts: Battle in the Sky1997DOSBMG Interactive Entertainment...
Loadstar: The Legend of Tully Bodine1994DOS, SEGA CDBMG Interactive Entertainment2.64
In the 1st Degree1995Macintosh, Windows 3.xBrøderbund Software, Inc.3.37
Resident Evil1996PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, WindowsCapcom Entertainment, Inc.3.93
Fox Hunt1996PlayStation, Windows 3.xCapcom Entertainment, Inc.3.56
Zorro1995DOSCapstone Software3.07
Ibiza Babewatch2001WindowsCDV Software Entertainment AG4.00
The Horde19943DO, DOS, FM Towns, PC-98, SEGA SaturnCrystal Dynamics, Inc.3.80
Solar Eclipse1995PlayStation, SEGA SaturnCrystal Dynamics, Inc.3.81
Off-World Interceptor19943DO, PlayStation, SEGA SaturnCrystal Dynamics, Inc.4.17
Noir: A Shadowy Thriller1996Windows 3.xCyberdreams, Inc.3.19
Gamera 20001997PlayStationDatei Digital Entertainment...
Saints Row IV: Enter the Dominatrix2013PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Deep Silver...
Goosebumps: Escape from Horrorland1996WindowsDreamWorks Interactive L.L.C.3.43
A Fork in the Tale1997WindowsAny River Entertainment2.89
Corpse Killer19943DO, Macintosh, SEGA 32X, SEGA CD, SEGA SaturnDigital Pictures, Inc.3.40
Night Trap19923DO, DOS, Macintosh, SEGA 32X, SEGA CDDigital Pictures, Inc.3.35
Slam City with Scottie Pippen1994DOS, SEGA 32X, SEGA CDDigital Pictures, Inc.1.14
Kids on Site1994DOS, SEGA CDDigital Pictures, Inc....
Double Switch1993Macintosh, SEGA CD, SEGA Saturn, WindowsDigital Pictures, Inc.2.81
Supreme Warrior19943DO, DOS, Macintosh, SEGA 32X, SEGA CD, WindowsDigital Pictures, Inc.3.83
All Star Strip Poker2006WindowsDigital Red Publishing...
All Star Strip Poker: Girls at Work2006WindowsDigital Red Publishing1.58
Connections1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xDiscovery Channel Multimedia3.40
Byzantine: The Betrayal1997WindowsDiscovery Communications, Inc.3.31
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Selected Covers

Supreme Warrior SEGA 32X Front Cover
Front cover for Supreme Warrior
A Fork in the Tale Windows Front Cover
Front cover for A Fork in the Tale
The Horde DOS Front Cover
Front cover for The Horde
All Star Strip Poker Windows Front Cover
Front cover for All Star Strip Poker

Selected Screenshots

Title Screen
Screenshot from Supreme Warrior
Title screen
Screenshot from The Horde
Title Screen
Screenshot from Solar Eclipse
Title screen
Screenshot from Kids on Site